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Garden reports where you at and whats next?

Post in 'The Green Room' started by smokinj, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    We decided the Tombstone plot had to go. I moved the raised beds to our big garden area and we are going to add more sections to make a couple of 4x8s.

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    Also spread 10 yards of mulch and woodchips and re edged all our rock gardens. We have toooooooo many rocks.


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    The kids garden is a big hit.

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    After spreading 10 yards of chips and mulch this week I question why I bought a house with so many flower beds!!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    Our 10 year old summer rambo apple tree was covered in blooms and bees today. Has 3 other varieties grafted onto it, but main trunk was damaged by a bear, so it may decline. I have added a 3 year old johnathan, 2 year old gold rush and 1 year old Albermarle pippin this year, and have three 1 year rootstock trees that grafting failed miserably on. Also tried to add to the johnathan with no success.

    Chard, lettuce and peas coming up, garlic is 6" tall. Happy hoe'in, all.
  3. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    Snow peas ready to harvest, grew a foot of white stuff on the ground yesterday, now about 2 feet thick and more growth in the forecast. Also, iceberg lettuce is doing great, planted on first ice last December, and the icebergs are still a good two feet thick and well insulated by more than a foot of snow peas growing on top. Chilli peppers couldn't be better. Temps keeping well below freezing at night insures plenty of chill in those peppers. I LOVE gardening.
  4. jharkin

    jharkin Minister of Fire

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    Finally finished the raised beds. I lost track of everything that Catherine planted but I know so far it includes a few different varieties of lettuce, brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, various herbs (oregano, basil, thyme). Still planning to start tomatoes and a bunch more.

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  5. nate379

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    Still have 6-8" of snow here!
  6. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Got all the tomatoes, pepper, squash, cucumber seedlings in the ground last Monday.
    They survived 33F Friday night.
    Started a second tray of butternut squash, and a pile of sunflowers (for the GF) seems something thought the seed husk covered shoots were food and ripped out or snipped about half a tray:(

    We'll see if the cantaloupe and pumpkins I put down on the power line suffer the same fate
  7. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Finally planted stuff. lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, radish. Garlic is kickin butt, as usual
  8. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Found my culprit - well at least ID'd it.
    The same critter that stole a bunch of my jalepenos last season had taken up residence in my truck. Found a bunch of dried ones under the seat
    Sucker stole everything - glovebox was empty no registration/insurance etc. The thing must be doing night shift recon on the bird feeders because I scraped ~10lbs of sunflower seed from under the seat and in the heater box. Found wilting succulent shoots off the cucumbers under the seat.

    War is on!!!!!
    See if the bugger likes pistachios - stuffed in these new fangled plastic rat traps:)
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Some of the new traps work very well. But word, wire the sucker down. I have had full traps disappear, probably on the end of some rat's tail.
  10. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Yes they are positively secured - should they chew through the wire(which they have eaten through 3 spark plug wires)
    Billy Bob will is standing at the ready - hasn't left the bottom of the cab since I got back from a mulch run this afternoon
  11. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I planted carrots, beets, string beans, peas, peas and spinach March 31
    The short snow peas started popping up a week ago and the tall snap peas and spinach are starting to show.
  12. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Tomatoes are ready to go in the ground, not sure if the ground is ready for the tomatoes though. According to the Purdue calendar it is, but there's a frost warning for tonight.
  13. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I use light-duty baling wire. They are not going to chew through that. I haven't lost a trap yet since doing this.
  14. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Planning to put together at least one more raised bed this week and get a load of topsoil delivered.
    I'll have a garden this year, even if it kills me.
    Green beans (blue lake bush) started in the house about a week ago. Local nurseries are starting to open up.
    I've turned over the soil in the first bed twice, but only got down about 4" the first time. It was frozen below that.
    Overnight temps are still down in the mid 30's at times.
  15. NW Walker

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    Do you by chance have a recommendation for a decent live trap? My garden has been plagued with voles ever since I tried Straw mulch a few years ago. I had to move the carrots and potatoes out to a new spot, it got so bad.
  16. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Tomatoes went in the ground last night. After thinking about it I pulled some pictures from last year and realized that we planted way too many so some of them are coming back out tonight. Peppers go in tonight.
  17. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Wow- you guys can plant early! If I planted peppers/toms now, they would get purple leaves and sulk for weeks (they seem to do that if the temp gets to the low 40's). Quite possible for us to have several frosts, as well.
  18. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I think we have a couple nights forecasted in the upper 40's at the end of the week, but the plants are more than ready. It is either put them in the ground or transplant them to pots (already transplanted out of trays into dixie cups once). Not ideal, but they need to get in the ground or they'll start heading downhill.
  19. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Thought maybe it was time I chimed in. We still haven't even planted peas. Even though we live on yellow sand, the ground is still too wet. Believe it or not, we have standing water in one of the gardens. We planted some new fruit trees which was a challenge in the mud. Strawberries came so we just sort of heeled them in until we can work up the ground a bit. Going to be some late planting around here.
  20. blacktail

    blacktail Feeling the Heat

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    I planted peas, spinach, kale, carrots, radishes, and broccoli a week ago. Nothing poking up yet.
    Today I planted cherry tomato starts in pots. I put them by the back door because temps are supposed to be in the 30's the next couple of nights.
  21. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    Rain/snow mix in the forecast for the next 5 days, night temps in the high 20's. Summer forecast is for July 20-22, then back to fall/winter. Life is good.
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  22. DevilsBrew

    DevilsBrew Minister of Fire

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    At the moment I have 13 types of tomatoes, 8 types of peppers, 3 types of eggplants, strawberries, lettuce, onions, garlic, shallots, blueberry seedlings, new zealand spinach, and herbs.
  23. WellSeasoned

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    We will be waiting to plant the seedlings until mothers day weekend this year. We still have spotty frost at night, at least last week we did, anyway, we have a simple 16'x16' raised garden, with a weed or two growing in there. After we add some soil, compost, and mushroom soil, we plan to raise sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumber, loads of different peppers, string beans, lettuce, onions, carrots, and firewood. ;)

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  24. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    I'm a little ahead of the game this year. Got 20 yards of compost on and had the seed beds prepped the first week of April. Mulched the walkways before the weeds came up. Garlic and onions doing well, strawberries are blooming, potatoes, peas and carrots are coming along. Been eating asparagus for a couple weeks now and have the broccoli and collards in on time. Now just have to get off my ash and get my fence project done in time for tomatoes, cukes and corn.

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  25. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Everything is planted except corn, sweet taters, and melons. Had to make the garden bigger this year for those so I'm still working the soil where I had to bust some sod. I hope to get that done the next couple evenings before the rain starts again later this week.

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